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Ellington Management Group, LLC is an investment management firm with more than $15 billion in assets under management (AUM). It currently manages a total of 24 pooled investment vehicles, 21 of which are hedge funds. The firm currently employs 70 advisors.

It's important to understand that hedge funds are often complex, loosely regulated investments and therefore only accessible to accredited investors. If you're looking for trusted and comprehensive support in managing your own finances, consider speaking to a professional financial advisor.

Ellington Management Group Background

Ellington Management Group, LLC is an SEC-registered investment advisor and one of several affiliated entities in the Ellington family of companies, which includes five other investment advisors. The principals and executive officers of the firm also serve in those capacities of certain other partnerships or LLCs that serve as the general partner or managing member of pooled investment vehicles managed by Ellington. The Ellington Group as a whole was formed in December 1994. Ellington Management Group, LLC has been in business since 1995. It is owned primarily by Michael Vranos indirectly through his ownership interest in Ellington's majority owner, EMG Holdings, LP.

The firm provides investment management services to pooled investment vehicles and institutional managed accounts that invest primarily in mortgage-related or mortgage-backed securities, asset-backed securities, related instruments in loans, corporate bonds, equities, credit and other derivatives.

The firm generally provides investment advice to pooled investment vehicles, for example hedge funds, and to institutional clients for whom the firm manages a separate account or dedicated investment vehicle. The client's offering memo will spell out any minimum investment amount and other applicable requirements for investing. As such, minimum investment amounts vary depending on the account.  

Ellington Management Group Investment Philosophy

The firm uses both its own proprietary models as well as external models and computer applications to analyze mortgage-backed, mortgage-related and asset-backed securities, related loans and other instruments, futures, other derivatives, as well as equity securities and futures. The firm's methods and strategies are different across client accounts.

Of course, all current and potential clients should be aware that no investment strategy can guarantee against risk of loss. 

Largest Hedge Funds Managed by Ellington Management Group

Ellington Mortgage Opportunities Master Fund, Ltd.

  • AUM: $3,060,473,016
  • Minimum: $5 million
  • Beneficial Owners: 32

Crescent II Fund, LP

  • AUM: $2,597,483,447
  • Minimum: $0
  • Beneficial Owners: 5

Ellington Special Opportunities LLC

  • AUM: $1,388,943,700
  • Minimum: $1 million
  • Beneficial Owners: 2

Ellington Credit Opportunities, Ltd.

  • AUM: $945,979,862
  • Minimum: $5 million
  • Beneficial Owners: 36


  • AUM: $781,676,899
  • Minimum: $1 million
  • Beneficial Owners: 5

Fees at Ellington Management Group

Fees at Ellington include fees based on AUM, or assets under management, plus performance-based fees. Specific fee amounts to be paid by investors in the pooled investment vehicles that the firm manages are described in detail in each set of offering materials or agreements.

Beyond this, other additional fees and expenses may apply - including but not limited to registration fees, maintenance fees, certain taxes and regulatory expenses - so it is imperative that potential and existing clients read the offering documents carefully and reach out about specific fees charged to their fund.

What to Watch Out For

Again, it's important to understand that hedge funds are often complex, loosely regulated investments and therefore accessible only to accredited investors. Such investors differ from retail investors or individual investors, who might be taking a more DIY approach or enlisting the services of a financial advisor.

Within the past 10 years, Ellington Management Group has not undergone any disciplinary or legal action deemed material to a client’s evaluation of its business integrity. That said, as an SEC-registered investment manager, the firm is legally obligated to uphold its fiduciary duty and work in clients’ best interests at all times. You can view its latest Form ADV on the official website of the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC).

Becoming a Client of Ellington Management Group

If you are an accredited investor and wish to become a client of Ellington Management Group, you can visit the firm's website or call (203) 698-1200.

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How Long $1mm Lasts in Retirement

SmartAsset's interactive map highlights places where $1 million will last the longest in retirement. Zoom between states and the national map to see the top spots in each region. Also, scroll over any city to learn about the cost of living in retirement for that location.

Rank City Housing Expenses Food Expenses Healthcare Expenses Utilities Expenses Transportation Expenses

Methodology We analyzed data on average expenditures for seniors, cost of living and investment returns to determine how many years of retirement a $1 million nest egg would cover in cities across America.

First, we looked at data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) on the average annual expenditures of seniors. We then applied cost of living data from the Council for Community and Economic Research to adjust those national average spending levels based on the costs of each expense category (housing, food, healthcare, utilities, transportation and other) in each city. Using this data, SmartAsset calculated the average cost of living for retirees in the largest U.S. cities.

We assumed the $1 million would grow at a real return (interest minus inflation) of 2%. Then, we divided $1 million by the sum of each of those annual numbers to determine how long $1 million would cover retirement expenses in each of the cities in our study. Cities where $1 million lasted the longest ranked the highest in the study.

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Council for Community and Economic Research